Saudi Arabia - World Cup - 14 June 2018

Paola Ditto
Giugno 14, 2018

Saudi Arabia were continuing to give possession away easily and, from another concession dangerously close to their own area, Golovin fired over.

Host country Russia just put the game out of reach, scoring a third goal against Saudi Arabia in the second half of the first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

The host nation had the momentum towards the 20th minute and were unlucky not to have found the second goal through their high press.

Ten minutes before the break, Salem Al-Dawsari embarked on a risky run for Saudi Arabia but was crowded out, and moments later Russian Federation appealed in vain for a penalty when Smolov went down under Osama Hawsawi's challenge.

Yellow Card: Aleksandr Golovin is shown the first yellow card of the tournament.

12th minute: Goal. Russia.

FIFA World Cup 2018 action will start on Thursday with the two weakest teams in the tournament. Golovin floats the ball from the right flank as the midfielder rises above the Saudi defense to head the ball into bottom right corner. Osama Hawsawi makes inch ideal tackle.

Cheryshev then came on when Dzagoev went down clutching a hamstring.

Saudi Arabia were under increasing pressure and Smolov's deflected strike was clawed away by keeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf when play continued after an offside had been missed. He is replaced by Denis Cheryshev for rest of the match.

This week Putin had said Russian Federation - going into the tournament ranked 70th in the world, three places below Saudi Arabia - would "fight until the end", but, in this match at least, a poor Saudi Arabia proved to be obliging opponents as they gave the hosts freedom in possession and, crucially, the opposition box.

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